Federal election 2021: where parties stand on climate and environment issues

Canadians who watched the English-language leaders' debate learned little about the differences between the climate policies of Justin Trudeau's Liberals, Erin O'Toole's Conservatives, Jagmeet Singh's NDP and Annamie Paul's Greens. Here's what the federal election debate missed.

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Oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico: What we know

Divers searching for the origin of a substantial oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico — one of several spotted off Louisiana's coast after Hurricane Ida — have discovered three damaged pipelines near the leak, though murky conditions on the seafloor prevented the team from finding the source.

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This was supposed to be the Green Party’s moment

For years its main focus was the climate crisis now clearly arrived. Will noisy divisions rob it of candidates and votes?
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CO2 pipeline explosion turned Mississippi town into 'a zombie movie'

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DOE urged to weigh environmental inequity from U.S. ethane boom

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Justice

Bill McKibben: Are we finally ready to tackle the other greenhouse gas?

The smokestack of a ship might help us deal with spiking levels of methane.
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Memphis City Council takes step to protect Memphis Sand Aquifer

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Justice

Line 5 pipeline between U.S. and Canada could cause 'devastating damage' to Great Lakes, say environmentalists

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Justice

Joseph Otis Minott: Pennsylvania DEP steamrolling power plant approval is out of step with agency rhetoric

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Toxics

In deal with Germany, U.S. drops threat to block Russian gas pipelines

The agreement infuriated both Republicans and Democrats in Congress, who accused the Biden administration of being soft on Russia.
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Pennsylvania regulators propose new pipeline rules where industry says none are needed

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Justice

Minnesota Cop: Oil pipeline budget boost means new guns

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Toxics

EPA-approved fracking chemicals include substances that form ‘forever chemicals’

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